The Fish Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory is part of the Department of Biotechnology and Aquaculture at Marine Research Institute In Vigo, within the Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).
Our fundamental scientific objective is to apply molecular and cellular approaches to studies of fish early development and disease as well as the application of basic science to improve yields, performance and sustainability of global marine aquaculture.
Research in our lab generally focuses on understanding how the information encoded in the DNA is accurately used by cells to perform the physiological functions that are required during the different phases of the development.
The disruption or break down of these regulatory mechanisms is responsible of many developmental abnormalities such as morphological deformities. We aim to reveal the functioning of some of these mechanisms, which, in turn, will help us understand the cause of the associated abnormalities. We use zebrafish (Danio rerio) and turbot (Scopthalmus maximus) as a model systems.
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